Did I say I was going to buy a Galaxy Note 2? Oh, I change my mind so fast.
The Nexus 4 went on sale again. And I bought it. Ask me, WHY RENATA, WHY DID YOU BUY THE NEXUS?
So, I’ve been on a 3-year-contract with Bell since December 2010. They keep sending me messages suggesting that, for a “small fee”, I can buy a new phone and renew my contract for another three years. Let’s do some math here.
If I wanted a Galaxy Note 2, I’d have to pay, right now:
- 150 to be able to have a new phone
- 200 for the Galaxy on a three year contract
350 + taxes and I would be trapped in a contract for 3 years again. To get the Galaxy contract free, it would cost me 150 + 700 (price of the phone, unlocked). I’m not that crazy.
Now, here comes the Nexus.
Google delivered me an unlocked, carrier-free phone for 400, taxes included. It’s an awesome phone. Really awesome. I won’t do another review because there are plenty of reviews everywhere. I’m happy with my choice, and my bank account is even happier.
I recommend the Nexus to everyone who’s trapped on a carrier contract.
Very, very simple New Year’s Resolutions.
1. New Android Phone. I’ll go with the Samsung Galaxy Note II. My Desire Z is too slow for today’s apps, and the screen is cracked. But I intend to play with its hardware anyway.
2. New Macbook. Now, this is tricky. I’d like a new Macbook Air 11′ – we’re in January and, if MacRumors got it right, I’d have to wait about 6 months for a fresh Air – but with Retina display. Which is not that much, but it’s also not tomorrow.
I don’t have lots of resolutions. I don’t need lots of things. Yep, that’s it.
- Download apr : http://apache.skazkaforyou.com/apr/apr-1.4.6.tar.bz2
- rpmbuild -tb apr-1.4.x.tar.bz2
- It will most likely complain about dependencies, some silly message like:
expat-devel is needed by apr-1.4.6
- To get rid of these messages, install all required dependencies by running: yum install expat-devel
- Then make sure to run rpmbuild -tb apr-14.x-tar-bz2 again. When it exit 0, search for your RPM in rpmbuild/RPMS/ directory. You are going to find two rpms there:
yum install both, so your rpm library is updated
It’s a very similar process to building apr.
- Download apr-util: http://apache.skazkaforyou.com//apr/apr-util-1.4.1.tar.bz2
- Fix dependenciex by yum install’ing required packages. It requires freetds-devel, which is only available under EPEL.
- rpmbuild -tb apr-util-1.4.1-x.tar.bz2
- It will generate all the following packages under rpmbuild/RPMS:
- yum install apr-util-*rpm
- Download httpd http://apache.skazkaforyou.com//httpd/httpd-2.4.2.tar.bz2
- It’s not as simple as they state in httpd documentation because of a build bug that requires distcache for httpd and there’s no such thing for CentOS. THEN HOW DO WE DO IT?
It’s kind of simple. When you rpmbuild -tb httpd-2.4.x-tar.bz2, rpmbuild created a default httpd.spec file under rpmbuild/SPEC/httpd.spec – GO FIND THAT FILE NOW. Now, edit that file and get the lines that references to distcache (mod_socache) and comment them out . Save this file SOMEWHERE ELSE, or it will get overwritten.
- Save your tarball under rpmbuild/SOURCES/.
- rpmbuild -ab httpd.spec
- If you run into this error:
RPM build errors:
Installed (but unpackaged) file(s) found:
Edit the httpd.spec file and find these lines so they look like this (second line will be added):
- Now run :
rpmbuild --clean httpd.spec
rpmbuild --ab httpd.spec
- It should work. For real. Good luck, people.
- Now, just yum install everything else and be happy!
Brazilian Pride has already happened, and Toronto Pride Week starts next weekend. I am really excited about Pride events, even though I am a boring straight person.
As a Brazilian, I come from a society where people seem to care too much about others do with their lives, which includes who they love and kiss and everything else. I couldn’t care less and I just want people to be happy. Canada is centuries ahead and most people don’t care if you like men, women, both, what you like to wear, but there are still some idiots who care, meaning there are still some things to be done.
So, when I say I support Pride, I am there standing for all these people who need their rights to be the same as mine. Having a relationship with the person I love in public is a non-issue. I can kiss, I can hug, I can tell everyone about it and they will think it’s ok. I want to live in a world where everyone can talk about their love life like I talk about mine.
And, let’s face it, if someone can’t look at a couple kissing because of their gender, then someone has a problem, and it’s not the couple.
Like we say here, in Canada we don’t call it “same-sex marriage”, we just call it “marriage”.
A very interesting phenomenon are the friends I’ve made here in Canada who, once they get to know me, get interested in Brazilian culture. The only problem, I’m a HORRIBLE reference for the kind of thing they ask me about – what Brazil exports is what I loathe the most.
Take, for instance, a guy who tried to befriend me by telling his interest in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Being born and raised in Rio, I can only associate jiu-jitsu practitioners to horrendous brainless douchebags. I tried to explain that to him in a nice way, but I don’t think he believed me. A co-worker was being super nice and friendly and told me how much she loved this brazilian music she heard, she felt like dancing to it immediately, and if I could recommend some bands to her – of course it was AXÉ, something I utterly dislike. Well, at least I could help her, because everyone knows Ivete and Daniela Mercury…
I have been asked about movies, bands, and even food I dislike or don’t know, because that’s the reason I left the country: I don’t care/like the mainstream Brazilian culture. I don’t like soccer, Axé, Pagode, Samba, Carnaval, Feijoada (damn, I don’t even eat pork). My favourite food is sushi! I am a fraud!
The next time you need recommendation in asian gore movies, or nordic electronic bands you can ask me. But brazilian art, maybe someone else.
There are so many things I love about spring!
The cherry blossoms!
Everything looks beautiful, beautiful, oh I love the park and the lake!
But, there’s something I really hate about spring. HAY FEVER. I am back to nasal steroids. Pollen and me, we’re no good friends.